Photos courtesy of Youth for Troops
Wreaths Across America (WAA) is the organization most recognized for placing over 2.7 million veterans’ wreaths at over 3,700 locations nationally and abroad on National Wreaths Across America Day.
However, the work to recognize our nation’s veterans, military families, and active duty servicemembers is a yearlong effort. WAA is proud to announce that as part of its yearlong mission to remember the fallen, honor those that serve and their families, and teach the next generation the value of freedom, its Mobile Education Exhibit (MEE) will make a stop in Anthem on March 27 to share this mission with the community. The stop will take place at Anthem Veterans Memorial, 41703 N Gavilan Peak Pkwy., from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
“The Mobile Education Exhibit provides the unique opportunity for communities to come together and share the stories of those who served and sacrificed. Through our partnership with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, the exhibit also serves as an official ‘Welcome Home’ location for our nation’s Vietnam Veterans,” says Executive Director Karen Worcester
The MEE achieves this goal by bringing the local community, veterans, active-duty military, and their families together through interactive exhibits, short films, and shared stories. The exhibit serves as a mobile museum, educating visitors about the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes, as well as serving as an official ‘welcome home’ station for our nation’s Vietnam Veterans.
When the MEE pulls into the area, all veterans, active-duty military, their families, and the local community members are invited and encouraged to visit, take a tour, and speak with WAA representatives and volunteers. They can also share more about the national nonprofit, and the work its volunteers do to support our heroes and their communities year-round.
You can sponsor a veteran’s wreath anytime to support the local WAA program at Anthem for $17 at wreathsacrossamerica.org/az0178. Each sponsorship goes toward a live, balsam wreath that will be placed on the headstone of an American hero to honor all veterans laid to rest on Sat,, Dec, 16, 2023, as part of National Wreaths Across America Day.